Donald Supreme in South African Win over Zimbabwe

Donald Supreme in South African Win over Zimbabwe

Post by Syed M. A » Wed, 18 Oct 1995 04:00:00

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(c) 1995 Reuter Information Service

HARARE (Oct  16, 1995 - 13:24  EDT)  - Brilliant fast  bowling by
Allan Donald and determined batting by Hansie Cronje helped South
Africa  to a seven-wicket victory over  Zimbabwe with a day and a
half to spare in a one-off test on Monday.

Donald  produced the fifth-best bowling  figures in South African
test  history, snapping up the last  two wickets in  the first 17
minutes on  the fourth day to  help  dismiss Zimbabwe for  283 in
their second innings.

Donald finished  with eight for  71  in the second innings  and a
match analysis of 11 for 113.

Paul Strang was  his  first victim   on Monday, gloving  a  ***
lifter to wicketkeeper Dave Richardson. Last man Charlie Lock had
no answer  to  the full-length delivery  that bowled   him in the
fourth over of the morning.

That completed Donald's best haul in a test innings, although his
12 for 139  against India in Port  Elizabeth in  1992 remains his
best match return. He has taken 95 wickets in 20 tests.

Only Hugh Tayfield (twice), Sibley Snooke and Goofy Lawrence have
produced better figures for South Africa in a test innings.

Cronje settled a  brief  crisis in the  pursuit of  the 108  runs
South Africa needed  for victory with  an unbeaten innings  of 56
after three wickets had fallen for 48 runs.

The South Africans lost  opener Andrew Hudson,  scorer of  135 in
the first innings,  to  a  cunning  piece  of  captaincy  by Andy
Flower.

Aware of  Hudson's tendency to drive in  the air  on the on side,
Flower posted  Bryan Strang  at   deep mid-wicket  in the  fourth
over. Lock delivered a  leg-stump half-volley and  Hudson offered
Strang the catch.

Fellow opener Gary Kirsten followed  10 overs later when he edged
Lock to Flower behind the stumps  and Cronje should have perished
as well  when an  edge off Lock   was spilled  by Mark Dekker  at
second slip.

Jonty Rhodes was bowled   five minutes before  lunch when  a ball
from Heath Streak  took  an inside edge  and hit  the stumps. But
Cronje  and Brian McMillan  took  South  Africa  to their  target
without further alarm.

The victory was South Africa's  fifth in consecutive tests, which
equalled their most successful run ever.

But,     unlike the final test    of  the  1966/67 series against
Australia and  the four  tests of  the 1969/70  series, there was
only  one captain  -- Cronje  -- involved  in  the current run of
victories against New Zealand (three), Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

McMillan became the fourth South  African to score 1,000 runs and
take 50 wickets in tests, while  wicketkeeper Richardson fell one
dismissal short of a world record.

Richardson finished    his  23rd test  with  99  dismissals, just
failing to break Australian  Wally Grout's record as the  fastest
man to 100.  Grout completed 100  dismissals in his 24th test  in
the 1960s.

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Syed